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Follow these steps for good heart health

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The American Heart Association (AHA) has been at the forefront of providing evidence-based information and best-practices approaches to improve the cardiovascular health of the U.S. population.

To address this objective, the AHA originally developed (in 2010) a prescription for health called Life’s Simple 7 — the seven most important predictors of heart health and also a pathway for achieving ideal cardiovascular health.

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The Simple 7 includes four modifiable behaviors (not smoking, healthy weight, eating healthy and being physically active) and three biometric measures (blood pressure, cholesterol and blood sugar).

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Life’s Simple 7

A summary of these original seven steps from the AHA website follows:

Stop smoking: Cigarette smokers have a higher risk of developing cardiovascular disease. If you smoke, quitting is the best thing you can do for your health.

Eat better: A healthy diet is one of your best weapons for fighting cardiovascular disease. When you eat a heart-healthy diet, you improve your chances for feeling good and staying healthy — for life!

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